Implementation of Indigenous Culture into Counselling

I am member of the Indigenous population of Canada. More importantly, I am Canadian. This makes me aware of historical trauma, experienced not only by the Indigenous people, but the population as a whole.

Indigenous Culture and Counselling sound like two different terms when, in fact, they are similar, and go hand in hand, I will introduce and integrate them as such. Counselling is a loaded word in and of itself, but I believe connecting it with culture and teachings will only strengthen and empower individuals in their journey, reinforcing an already-strong foundation. I say strong, because they’ve made it this far, and that’s accredited to resilience.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous People have followed a simple human code which, today, are known as the Seven Grandfather Teachings. 

WISDOM                   To cherish knowledge is to know wisdom.

LOVE                         To know love is to know peace.

RESPECT                  To honour all creation is to have respect.

BRAVERY                 To face life with courage is to know bravery.

HONESTY                 To walk through life with integrity is to know honesty.

HUMILITY                To accept yourself as a sacred part of creation is to know humility.

TRUTH                      Speak the truth.  Don’t deceive others.

These teachings are a way of life that is not only achievable, but encompasses the qualities of life. Qualities that one achieves and maintains readily, without effort.

I hope to provide my support by offering these teachings, as well as my knowledge of the traditional medicines (sage, tobacco, cedar, and sweetgrass), which I have embraced throughout my own journey. I feel they are essential, and can be of benefit for all.

Sacred Medicines are offered throughout Mother Earth; they simply come in different forms.  Respect for all is important, as we are all individuals.  And no two individuals are the same.

Should a situation arise where a more in-depth method is needed, such as a ceremony, I have made many relationships throughout my journey that would allow for me to make the necessary connection for such a need.

Help is a simple word. Embracing it is the hard part, especially for individuals who have already experienced the worst that this life has had to offer. My approach is empathetic, nonbiased, unconditional, and supportive.

We are all walking in this world together; let’s walk with unity and understanding.